Peter Schofield (civil servant)

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Peter Schofield

Permanent Secretary for the Department for Work and Pensions
Assumed office
Prime MinisterTheresa May
MinisterAmber Rudd
Preceded bySir Robert Devereux
Personal details
Peter Hugh Gordon Schofield

(1969-04-27) 27 April 1969 (age 50)

Peter Hugh Gordon Schofield, CB (born 27 April 1969) is a senior British civil servant, currently serving as Permanent Secretary for the Department for Work and Pensions since January 2018.[1][2]

Born in 1969, Schofield was educated at the Whitgift School and then Gonville and Caius at Cambridge, and then joined the civil service into HM Treasury in 1991.[2] Schofield spent two years on secondment to 3i in 2002–2004, then returned to the civil service in the Shareholder Executive. In 2008, Schofield was promoted and moved to be the director of the Enterprise and Growth Unit in the Treasury, whilst retaining ex officio membership of ShEx's board.[2]

In 2012, Schofield was promoted again to be a director-general, heading the Neighbourhoods Group of Department of Communities and Local Government for four years. Then he transferred to the Department for Work and Pensions in 2016 as director-general for finance. In January 2018, he succeeded Sir Robert Devereux as the department's permanent secretary.[2][1]

Schofield was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the Queen's Birthday Honours for 2017.[3]


  1. ^ a b HM Government (2018-01-12). "Appointment of Peter Schofield as Permanent Secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions". Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  2. ^ a b c d A & C Black (2011). "SCHOFIELD, Peter Hugh Gordon". Who's Who 2011. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.247080. Retrieved 5 January 2011. |chapter= ignored (help)
  3. ^ "Peter SCHOFIELD". 2017-06-17. Retrieved 2018-01-15.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Robert Devereux
Permanent Secretary of the
Department for Work and Pensions